Vice President Planning & Analytics
A native of Chicago, Jim graduated from Stanford University earning Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Jim began working with General Motors as a GM Scholar and GM Fellow while attending Stanford University and completed his MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Powell has had key executive posts is his 31-year career at GM and held significant product planning and development duties including six years overseas and export responsibilities for the Chevrolet Volt.
Jim began working in the alternative energy field at GM developing heat exchangers for one of the first commercial fuel cell power plants while with the Harrison Division of GM. Jim then moved to the Detroit area and began work in product planning for the GM Truck Group where he held several positions in powertrain, capacity and vehicle planning. He was the Product Planner for the Full Size Truck Program (C/K Trucks) when he was tapped to move to Ruesselsheim Germany to work in GM Europe Product Planning in 1991 where he had responsibility for European product portfolio planning as well as truck and cross-vehicle planning.
In 1994 Jim repatriated to Detroit to head the International Planning group at GM Truck developing and promoting GM’s global truck programs before returning to Europe in 1997 as Director of Planning and Program Control for a newly created GM International Operations Vehicle Line Executive Team with responsibility for Trucks and Vans. After three more years overseas Jim returned to the International Product Center (IPC) of GM in 2000 as Director of Global Processes where he led the benchmarking and implementation of export best practices across the newly created Global IPC Network. Jim led several car and truck export programs focusing on promoting alternative propulsion solutions from 2006 until his retirement in December 2010.